For some, appetizers are the best part of the meal. Whether you typically arrive at a restaurant extra hungry and need something to munch on before your entrée arrives, or you just like trying a variety of what a restaurant’s menu has to offer, the following Utah restaurants will impress you with their appetizer menus.
Bombay House is easily one of Utah’s best Indian restaurants and is definitely one of the most popular. With locations in Provo, Salt Lake City, and West Jordan, the restaurant has been wildly successful, in part due to its phenomenal appetizers, which include vegetable samosas, onion bhaji, and chicken pakora. If none of these names are familiar to you, perhaps the word “naan” will strike a chord. Although technically not listed as an appetizer on the restaurant’s menu, Bombay House’s naan is one of its main attractions.
Although Bambara serves entrées, it is also a restaurant that runs on “small-plates.” One look at its dinner menu and you will be tempted by the ritzy names of silky corn bisque and hot smoked trumpet mushroom. If crunching on something is what gets your appetite going, you should consider Bambara’s fancy blue cheese house cut potato chips. These are potato chips on a whole other level.
Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Caffé Molise is an Italian restaurant inspired by the Molise region of Southern Italy. The restaurant is a cozy spot for a romantic date, and its simple appetizers are a nice way to set the stage for a delicious and filling meal. The restaurant’s delicious “antipasti” menu is true to its Italian name.
Eva’s MO is “small plates & drinks,” meaning that here, you can make a meal out of appetizers. Eva is all about shared plates and family-style dining, but this restaurant won’t be making your mom’s famous tuna casserole. Think more along the lines of fried cauliflower with curry aioli, cilantro, and peanuts or braised pork ribs with rice cake and serrano-sesame purée.
The Painted Pony’s muse is the American Southwest, and we’re all grateful for it. Considering the restaurant’s caliber, its prices are reasonable, and where else in Utah can you eat sage smoked quail and potato trout cakes before you dig into your very own prosciutto-wrapped free-range chicken?
Sandy’s Tin Roof Grill has an impressively varied menu which it manages to pull off almost seamlessly. Featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” the restaurant has a reputation for delicious food, good service, and great tapas (or appetizers). You can keep it simple with flat bread (served with pesto, olive tapenade, and white bean purée) or try something more adventurous like the joint’s Spanish tortilla. The restaurant’s entrées (and cheesecake!) are equally wonderful.
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